Make the carrier a cat's friend, not a foe


Cats are inherently wary of carriers-but have clients with fickle felines watch these videos from the CATalyst Council and you might start seeing more cats in your practice.

These instructional videos are great additions to any practice's website—and they're easy to embed. Just follow these instructions.

Choosing the best kind of carrier for your cat

Choosing the right carrier is fundamental to your cat's comfort and sense of security—so make sure that your carrier is sturdy, quiet and provides easy access to your cat.

Training cats into the carrier

By strategically placing the carrier in your cat's favorite resting spots around the home,you transform the carrier from a threatening object to a cozy retreat—ensuring an easier and more comfortable experience when it comes time totransport your kitty. Here's some great advice from the experts.

Making the carrier cat-friendly

To turn the carrier into a safe, cozy spot for your cat, make it warm and welcoming. Place articles of clothing, towels or soft blankets in the carrier, and place the carrier in a warm, easily accessed spot in your home.

Making carriers irresistible to cats

To make a carrier irresistible to your cat, use praise and food rewards each time the cat enters the carrier successfully. Once your cat is comfortable entering the carrier, continue to make it a desirable by playing with toys and offering meals in and around the carrier. Though it can sometimes be a slow process to train a cat to love its carrier, always remain patient and calm with your cat—it's learning a valuable behavior!

Going for a ride

Use this simple, staggered training program to ensure your cat's trips in the car are as relaxing and happy as possible. By starting out slowly and gradually increasing the time your cat spends in the car, you'll reduce the risk of surprise and nurture a calm travel experience for your cat.    

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